The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, are in conversation with many women discerning a call to religious life. Here are some of the questions we are asked along with our answers.
Q. What can women do to know if they have a call to vowed life as a Sister?
A. We all have needed to pray to discern our vocation in life. Women interested in becoming a vowed Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa should contact our Office of Advocate for Life and Mission at (608) 748-4411, ext. 279, or e-mail email@example.com. We would like you to come and spend time with us, Catholic Sisters proclaiming the Gospel through preaching, teaching, and participating in building a holy and just Church and society.
Q. How many congregation members do you have? What ministries are you involved with and where are they located?
A. Currently, the Sisters number over 500 and minister in four countries and in more than 29 states in the U.S. In a world graced by the Holy Spirit and yet wounded by divisions, exploitation, and oppression, we are compelled by God's tender mercy to commit ourselves in partnership with others to seek and foster right relationships among all of God's people and with the Earth that sustains us. Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters are dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel. We believe that at the heart of ministry is relationship. Our home, Sinsinawa Mound, is located in southwest Wisconsin. We are involved with many diverse ministries including elementary, high school, and college teaching; adult education; health and spirituality; peace and justice; and counseling. We are therapists, artists, theologians, nurses, librarians, family care givers, administrators, liturgists, physicians, and social workers, We work in pastoral ministry, Hispanic ministry, parish ministry, and campus ministry.
Q. What are the age limits for Sisters?
A. The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa invite women between the ages of 22 and 40. Women who are older than 40 will be considered on an individual basis. There is an age limit because we actively minister for a significant period of time after discernment.
Q. Do I need to have a college education before entering? What if I’m divorced? What if I have children?
A. Women need to have a high school education and minimally two years of college or work experience after high school before applying to enter. Divorced women are welcome to apply if they have obtained an annulment from the Church and are practicing Catholics. Children of women looking to enter the congregation need to be over 21, self-sufficient, and self-supporting. Women who enter the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation need to be free to enter fully into the formation process.
Q. Do women need to sell everything and turn over all financial assets to the Congregation upon entering?
A. No. Women can make arrangements for their property, possessions, and finances that will free them from being burdened by administrative responsibilities and enable them to enter fully into the formation process.
Q. Do women have to be Catholic to become vowed Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa?
A. Yes. Women need to be practicing, fully-initiated members of the Catholic Church, having received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. However, women and men of other faiths can join the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa through our Associate program by calling (608) 748-4411or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.